A hobby is that activity which is carried on in leisure time. It is a means of recreation and not of earning money. It gives delight and helps in passing the leisure time. Any activity which is carried on for the sake of earning money ceases to be a source of pleasure. It becomes tiresome. A hobby, on the other hand, is an activity which is carried on entirely for the sake of pleasure which it gives. Thus, teaching is not a source of pleasure for a teacher who undertakes teaching as his profession. But it may be a source of pleasure for one who makes it his hobby.
Hobbies differ form person to person. There are as many hobbies as there are men and women in the world. Tastes differ and so do hobbies. Some one may have stamp-collecting as his hobby, while another may find pleasure in reading books. Stamp collecting, collecting of coins, photography, swimming, gardening, kite-flying etc, are a few of the common hobbies.
Gardening is my hobby. I derive great pleasure from this hobby. At the back of my house, there is a small plot of land. It is my garden. I grow flowers and some vegetables of the season on this plot. Beside this, I have a number of flowers-pots in which I have grown some very-green plants and some flowering plants. I indulge in my hobby early in the morning as soon as I am out of bed, or in the evening after I return from my college. I do not allow my hobby to come in the way of my studies. I carry on gardening only in my spar time.
My hobby is a good hobby. It is useful in many ways. It gives me pleasure. It refresh me what I am tired after the day's hard work. In the morning, it brings me in touch with the green plants and flowers. In this way the lungs are filled with pure air. This is good for health. My hobby is health giving. Beside this, it provides the family with fresh vegetables. My hobby has another advantages also. It is quite cheap. It does not place any extra burden on my parents.
Every one should have one or the other hobby. Indian, generally, do not have any hobby. They waste their leisure time in idle gossip. This is bad. They should try to have some hobby. In this matter, they must not be guided by others, but should select a hobby which suits their taste and the circumstances of their lives. Pleasure is the chief end of a hobby, and so the best hobby is one which delights and recreates.